Sunday, September 15, 2013

Look for the miracles

Dear family,
I think this has been the longest week of my mission so far.  Mostly because this week has been a lot of walking, more than i've ever done before haha. Luckily I have good shoes so my blisters arent so bad ha.
Well family can you believe that it's been two months tomorrow! Time is amazing.  It has gone by so fast, it gives me hope for the future ha. 
Anyways I got my new companion! And let me tell you.. God has a sense of humor because guess where she is from TAHITI!! So I got rid of one and got another haha. No I love her SOOO much. Her name is Sister Burgess and she is 20.  She is an amazing missionary and I've already learned so much from her! I think Heavenly Father is telling me I need to either learn french or move to tahiti ha. She was only in the MTC for 2 weeks before they sent her here so her english she isn't very confident in but believe me she has the gift of tongues because she talks well for only two weeks!  I love her so much and am very grateful for her.  As I said this was a hard week but she is a trooper! 
The first day she was here I made us breakfast consisting of blueberry muffins and grapes haha.  And most of our investigators have either cancelled our appointments with them or dropped us so we have mostly gone to visit less actives.  And that is a whole experience on its own.  All of them so far either don't answer the door, have moved, or are flat out super anti-mormon.  The Book of Mormon is so right about people who know the truth but then turn from it.  It is so sad to me because this gospel blesses lives and theya re missiong out.  Also most of our backup lessons cancel on us to so we have to scrample to know what to do.  Sister Burgess has been great though.  She gives me great advice and I hope I help her too.  Our new motto is to teach "simply, clearly, and quickly" we have big hopes for this area. 
I'm trying my best to look for the miracles.  Sometimes they are SO hard to find.  Yet I know thyey exist.  he always provides a way.  this work is the hardest thing i've ever done. But is also the most rewarding. You really learn to laugh ha.  I've learned so much about myslef.
Yesterday we had a first lesson with this crazy woman from Scotland.  And she basically told us our beliefs aren't credible because of how young we are. She also said some other things I did not agree with but I won't get into that haha.  Anyways I told her that yes I may be young in years and experience but I KNOW what I belive to be true.  We just bore testimony and asked for referrals.  She just wants to learn to learn and not to learn and change. I don't know if we will go back or not and teach again, it will require prayer.
I also learned a new life lesson, miracles come for those who wait.  Patience is key!  Sometiems we get so eager and we want blessing NOW but that isn't how God works.  He send them in his own time and in his own way.  Even Joseph Smith didn't receive his answer right away.  He had to wait and study and ponder and pray.  He had to exercise patience before he recieved his answer.  Study, ponder, pray, repeat.  People tend to get angry or lose faith when they don't recieve answers or miracles when they want it but yet I guess that shows a lack of faith doesn't it.  So anyways I am trying to be patient, this was a very hard week but I know that miracles will come in Gods own time. for this is his work.  Faith is hard but it is all I have.
Sorry this is such a spiritual message this week. It has been rough to see the miracles.  Luckily we have been staying positive though.  I love you all and miss you always! Hope you are doing well!
Sister Boiteux


New companion! :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Train, Train, TRAINER!!

Hello my dearest loved ones!
I miss you all so much and hope you are all doing well. Today is Tuesday and is my p-day for this week since transfers are tomorrow. I am so sorry that I missed you all yesterday. I wish you were on right now! So yes I am a trainer!! AHHHHHHH!! Im only 6 weeks in and will be training.  You know I KNOW God answers prayers because this has been my prayer for some time to train. Not because I wanted that responsibility but I need something to push me to do and be better, and training a brand new sister missionary fresh off the plane will give me that opportunity.  I am very apprhensive and my anxiety is horrible but I know that if I put my faith in God he will lift me up and guide me.  Yesterday we had to go to Mortdale, the mission office, to get trained on training.  Sister Perez, who I was in the MTC with, is staying with us until tomorrow. Tomorrow we will go back to Mortdale to get our new comps. Sister Pea will still be in my zone but just in a new district. 
The miracles that occur here just keep coming. As you are obedient the miracles follow.  Our investigator Reza has his baptism on the 28th. I am so proud of him, he is amazing. He has more faith than anyone I've ever met! When we taught the Plan of Salvation he said "I am going to the celestial kingdom, I don't even care about the other two places" he then went on to say in his prayer at the end of the lesson "God I can't wait to see you in the Celestial kingdom, please help the sisters to make it there too!" It was so sincere I couldn't help but chuckle at the end.  It was HILARIOUS!! He is really amazing and has such a love for the gospel.  It is hard to find teach people really sincere and interested here, but I have faith that they will come.  God really is preparing his children to hear the word. This is a work of happiness!
I am so excited to train.  I wonder what she will be like. I pray she and I will become as one as we teach. Unity is key! The spirit comes with unity. 
Family I love you so much. Mom I got your letter in the mail and I just cried and cried. Especially when I saw your cheesy kiss mark haha (dont worry I kissed it back). Big things are headed to Australia, it is exciting!!
I continue to make LOTS of mistakes but mistakes is how we learn.  In all things there is opposition. It is how we react to that opposition that makes or breaks us.  For those of you who are struggling turn to God.  He always provides a way.  Say a sincere prayer and know that He is! I hope you are all well. sorry this letter isn't to informative I forgot to write what I wanted to tell you last night before hand. so yeah. I love you all and keep you in my prayers! Stay safe!
Sister Ashley Boiteux

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It felt like CHRISTMAS!!!!!

This has been the greatest week ever!!! First off It felt like Christmas because I received not just one, but THREE letters in the mail!  Usually it is my companion who gets the mail and I say "yayy yayy Im so excited for you" but inside im like "where is mine"  anyways as we were returning home for lunch I saw a white corner sticking out of the bottom. I went to open it and saw an envelope and under that another one, and under that one another! I thought "oh cool three letters I wonder who they are for" so I turned them over and one for Sister Boiteux, two for Sister Boiteux, OH MY GOSH 3 LETTERS FOR SISTER BOITEUX!!! Two were from the old man grandpa Boiteux and one was from Carly (who by the way is my new favorite sibling!!) My companion died because I picked up my first letters I've gotten I made some weird noise as I jumped up and down and then right there in front of our complex I burst in to tears... Yes Dylan I added that to my cry count haha.  I was so happy it just made my day.  Handwritten letters are the best! Because you can hold them, smell them, and just see the well known handwritting of your loved ones.  Email just isn't personal enough for me ha.  So that was good.
Last p-day we went to the "ocean' which was actually a river that joins with the ocean later.  It was still fun though.
Today we are going put put golfing. Yayy! Yuo all know how awful I am at golf so we shall see how this goes haha.
The miracle for the wek was that we meet what they call a "golden" investigator.  Lets call him R so we went to help R's step mom in the garden and we said we were missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Well when R, who was in his house, heard the name Jesus Christ he came out to investigate.  We taught him the first lesson and made a return appoitnment.  At the return appointment on Saturday he told us that because of the testimony I shared of the Book of Mormon and my conviction of the truth of this gospel he had quite smoking.  We didn't even know he smoked he just stopped.  We were stunned.  I had no I idea that my testimony could touch someone like that, it wasn't me it was the spirit for sure.  We set a baptismal date for September 28 and he came to church yesterday and made many freinds.  It is amazing how the Lord Truly does prepare people to hear the gospel!!
My goal for each of you adults is to do your home and visiting teaching!! You may not think it is important but it is. Let me tell you why.  Yesterday as we were returning home for the night we ran into a less active member.  We started to talking to him and with tears in his eyes he told us he needs our help. He needs soemone to talk to.  I asked him if his home teachers had been around and he didn't even know who his home teachers were. I was furious.  This man was breaking inside and his fellow brethren were not there to support him! He said he wanted to come to church but it is hard for him, he needs someone to talk to. My heart broke for this man who I could feel the love God has for him and the help he needs.  So step up!! Become that personal Savior or Angel or whatever yo want to call it.  People need you even if you think they don't.  Home teaching and visiting teaching is inspired.  There is a reason for it.  People may not need you now but eventually they will.  So step up and help!! That is it im stepping off my soap box. 
I don't have a funny so here is a stupid. So anyways tehre is this one star that is SUPER bright that appears in the sky at like 6 every night.  I thought we should name it so.. trying to be creative I came up with Peteux (a mix of Pea and Boiteux) cool right... Well my companion burst into laughter. She was dying! And I didn't know why.  I thought my name was  cool.  She informed me that in french Peteux (the way I pronounced it anyways) is the word for when a male has surgery to change into a female... ummmmm yeahhh.. No longer will that star keep that name.  The french language and i do not get along. 
Sister Pea was talking to a member in french and supposedly the member said that she had been gaining to much weight and needed to lose some.  They paused in their convo and looked at me.  Trying to be cool I smoothly said "oui oui" (which is prounced we we or yes yes in english).  So unknnown to me I had just agreed with this member that she was fat.. yeah I felt bad haha but tehy just laughed! At least they understood haha. 
Well I love you all,
Sister Boiteux